CORONAVIRUS - COVID-19
All information and announcements relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) will appear on this page.
Monday, March 23rd: Coronavirus - Important Announcement
Monday, 23rd March: Information on exam grading for summer 2020
Dear Students / Parents / Carers,
Further to the government's announcement on Friday afternoon regarding the grading of GCSE & A Level qualifications we would like to share with you the key points:
"The Government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university, college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn."
OFQUAL and the exam boards are committed to ensuring that grades "fairly reflect" the work and effort students have put in. They are offering the option to sit an exam early next academic year for those students who wish to sit one.
Teachers will be asked to submit their judgement based on the grade they believe the student will have received had the exam gone ahead. Teachers will be asked to use a range of evidence, including mock results and non-exam assessment (coursework). This data will then be combined with "other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this to produce a calculated grade for each student."
Exam boards are currently working to finalise this approach to ensure that the system "is as fair as possible."
A copy of the full government announcement can be accessed using the link below:
What if my coursework is not finished?
Exam boards are aware that each school and course will be at different points on the completion of coursework; they will "provide advice on this to schools and colleges as soon as possible."
What if my course is a BTEC?
If your course has an exam attached to it, this will be cancelled. Modules and coursework already completed will be used as evidence towards qualification.
What if I don't feel my grade reflects my performance?
You will have the "opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest opportunity, once schools are open again". You will also have the "option to sit your exams in summer 2021."
What if I don't feel the correct process has been followed?
You will be able to appeal to the exam board on this basis.
Will it matter that my exam results have come from 2020?
This year's grades will be "indistinguishable (the same) from those provided in other years". They are aiming for the distribution of grades to follow "a similar pattern to that of other years so that this year's students do not face a systematic disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances."
As and when we have further information from the exam boards, particularly on about the issue of coursework and the data required for calculation of grades I will pass this on. In the meantime, if you have any further questions please do get in contact.
Head of Sixth Form & Careers
Friday, 20th March: Information for parents of students who WILL be in school next week
I am just writing to let you know the arrangements for next week (week commencing 23rd March).
The school day will begin as usual at 8.50am, and finish at 4pm every day.
Minibuses will run as usual.
We are expecting greatly reduced numbers, so the timetable will be simplified.
Teachers are setting work online. Those students who are in school, and those who are not, will cover the same work, which will be for the lessons that they would normally have on that day.
All staff (with the exception of those who may be absent or self-isolating) will be working and available to contact via email. This includes your child's tutor, subject teachers, Senior Leadership Team, Adam Baxter (Network Manager), Claudia Allsopp (Matron), Annabel Baker (Annabel), Jan Thompson (SEND and Reviews Manager) and the Therapy Teams.
Students do not need to wear uniform - but should come appropriately addressed to work. The dress code will be "smart casual".
Finally – these arrangements are not only new to students, but to the staff. A week ago we didn’t know we would be doing this. Staff have put in considerable effort to get this up and running in a very short time. I would ask for your patience, particularly at the beginning, as we get things up and running.
I wish you and your family the very best in the coming weeks and months, and hope and trust – as I am sure you do – that we will return to normal as soon as possible.
Friday, 20th March: Information for parents of students who will NOT be at school next week
I am writing to let you know some of the arrangements and expectations around the virtual learning that we will be rolling out for those students who are not in school from Monday.
Each day, your child will be sent work for all the lessons on their daily Timetable as usual – for example, on Thursday they will have work for the subjects they normally have on a Thursday.
The expectation is for your child to work similar hours as a 'normal day' (with flexibility)
Work will be set using students’ Microsoft 365 account. We recently sent instructions of how to use this, but I am attaching them again in case you need them.
Work will be set before 9am on the day in question. Some teachers may set work for the next few days but it will be clearly identified, for example Maths: Tuesday
Teachers will send emails to your child’s Microsoft 365 email account with links to the work set, or directing them to it.
There will be files for each year group and each subjects on OneNote, one of the apps in Office 365.
There will also be an assembly file and links to this will be sent as appropriate
Teachers will monitor and provide feedback on work on a daily basis.
If your child is struggling with the work please tell them to email the teacher concerned (by replying to the email)
We know that remote learning is a new experience for our students, and is not idea for dyslexic students. The aim is to make the work varied, interesting and accessible. If possible, please support your child in making sure they do their work and acting as a “classroom assistant”.
Tutors will be available by email and will be in touch with parents on a daily basis to check for any issues.
Other Frewen staff such as the Senior Leadership Team, Adam Baxter (Network Manager), Claudia Allsopp (Matron), Annabel Baker (Annabel), Jan Thompson (SEND and Reviews Manager) and the Therapy Teams will still be working, and available to offer support and guidance, and carry out their own respective duties
If you or your child need any technical advice please contact Adam Baxter: email@example.com.
Finally – this is not only new to the students, but to the staff. A week ago we didn’t know we would be doing this. Classroom staff have put in considerable effort to get this up and running in a very short time. It will take a while to get it fully up and running, and to find what works best. I am confident that with our talented and creative teachers we can make it work – but I would ask for your patience, particularly at the beginning, as we get it up and running.
I wish you and your family the very best in the coming weeks and months, and hope and trust – as I am sure you do – that we will return to normal as soon as possible
Friday 20th March: Sixth Form: Remote learning
Dear Parents / Carers,
I am now able to provide further details of how we are able to remotely support Sixth Form students. I thank you for your patience as we finalised these details.
We understand that for many of our students one of the key aspects of support is our TAs. For students who are attending Frewen TAs will continue to support them on site. For students working from home their mentor TA will contact them on the days they work - touch base, check how things are and see if they need any support. Likewise, if a student needs support they can contact one of the TAs, either by email or on the TAs phone - please note their working days below
Gary - Monday to Friday - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachael - Monday to Friday - email@example.com
Linda - Tuesday to Thursday - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fliss - Wednesday to Friday - email@example.com
I will continue to be available via email and through the main school line.
Tutors will continue to set work on moodle and in some lessons students may have lessons via video link. The individual details will have been shared with your son / daughter. These lesson materials can be accessed via moodle, students should continue to submit work and await feedback. Tutors, if not ill, will be available to answer questions during timetabled lesson slots. If contacted outside of lessons times they may wait longer for a response.
Students must continue to complete the work set by their teacher.
We have made sure that all students are able to access moodle remotely.
English / Maths:
Frewen College teachers will continue to set work for students, this will be available via students Office 365 account. When work is completed students should send this back to the teacher who will be able to provide feedback.
If you son/daughter has any issues logging onto their office 365 account, please let me know and we will be able to sort this out at home.
You will be aware of the government's announcement that GCSE & A Level exams for May & June have been cancelled; but assure us that students will receive their qualifications. At this point we are waiting for further details about how this will we look. I know that there is much speculation in the media as how this will be done and that this has caused anxiety amongst students.
With regards BTEC courses, again we are waiting on details as to how these grades will be arrived at, although coursework will continue to play a large part in this. Therefore, it is important that your son/daughter continues to complete the work for this subject.
When we are able to confirm arrangements for qualifications with students and parents we will shared this with you.
I am mindful that the current situation we find ourselves in is causing much anxiety. I have attached advice from Young Minds which offers some guidance on how we can best support young people at this time.
We will continue to stay in contact in your and your son / daughter at this time.
Head of Sixth Form & Careers
Important Coronavirus Update - Thursday 19th March
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to ALL STUDENTS EXCEPT THOSE WITH AN EHC PLAN AND CHILDREN OF KEY WORKERS from tomorrow (Friday) until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for these students. We will be running a limited curriculum.
We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what qualifies as a key worker.
IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN EHC PLAN OR YOU THINK YOU CLASSIFY AS A KEY WORKER, PLEASE CONTACT US TO CONFIRM WHETHER OR NOT YOUR CHILD IS LIKELY TO BE IN SCHOOL NEXT WEEK.
ALL OTHER STUDENTS WILL NEED TO STAY AT HOME, so we ask that you do not send your child in to school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by email once we have been informed. We have created a Coronavirus page on our website, in the Information section.
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, and we are working on the detail of how we will provide work through students' Office 365 accounts. We will provide further details of this in a separate email - please can you bear with us for a few days while staff work on getting this up and running.
What we won’t be able to go ahead with
- School trips
- After-school clubs
- As far as we know, Functional Skills exams will go ahead next week for those students who are in school, and will be rescheduled for others.
Day students will need to leave school at 4pm every day (including Tuesdays)
IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO RUN BOARDING AT WEEKENDS. Therefore, please can parents of boarders arrange for your child to return home or to their guardian at 4pm tomorrow (Friday), and return to school on Monday morning from 8.30am.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via firstname.lastname@example.org.
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
Thank you again for your continued support, We will be in touch with more information when we can.
Coronavirus: Statement by Education Secretary - Wednesday 18th March
Dear Parents and Carers
I had hoped to be able to write to you this evening to provide some clarity regarding arrangements at Frewen in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately the statement by the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, which concerned school closures, raised a number of questions, and we are unable to fully understand the implications of these, or to plan accordingly, until we receive further information and advice.
We will be looking into this further tomorrow (Thursday) and will provide you with an update as soon as we can.
Support for children - Tuesday 17th March
Dear Parents and Carers,
Many children are getting increasingly concerned about the Coronavirus pandemic and will need our reassurance and guidance during this crisis. Talking to them about such a difficult issue and answering their questions, during those uncertain times, when we ourselves struggle to get our head around what is happening and what is yet to come, can be very challenging. Yet we have to be our children's Tower of Strength, that reassuring presence who, no matter what, will be there for them. In an attempt to help us all find the right words, I have researched some website that you may find useful. Those links are only suggestions but I hope you find them useful:
"Talking to Kids About Coronavirus"
News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be.
Also on that website Coping During COVID-19: Resources for Parents
"How to Talk to Your Child (for parents)"
Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (COVID-19). You want to make sure they get reliable information — and you want them to hear it from you. Here's how to talk about it. Ask questions geared to your child's age level. For older kids, you might ask, "Are people in school talking about ...
Also on that website "How to Prepare Your Family"
Why Should I Get Ready for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Now? Experts think it is likely that more people will get sick from COVID-19. People who get the virus will need to be home for a while. As more people become sick, it may get harder to find supplies that you'll need. Parents also need to be ready in ...
...and other guides: just type coronavirus in their search box.
More generally, you may find useful to read about ways to help a child or teenager talk about anxiety and feelings. I find the following NHS page a good starting point.
If you're worried about a child, encouraging them to talk can be very helpful, whether you're a parent, grandparent, friend or teacher. If you think a child you know has a problem, it can be hard to know how to start talking to them about it.
There are other support groups and charities that may be able to give advice (such as NSPCC, Barnados, Mind and many more...) and you should find what works for you and your child/children.
Do not hesitate to come back to me if you would like to discuss this in greater depth or if you would like to share resources that you found useful.
Stay safe and well!
Vice Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Advice about the Coronavirus and general health related issues - Tuesday 17th March
Dear Parents and Carers,
In these unprecedented times, many are asking what to do as they discover that a friend, colleague, family member or neighbour is developing symptoms. Very often those symptoms will have nothing to do with Coronavirus but, equally, they might. You may then ask yourself "what shall I do? Shall send my child to school? Shall I self-isolate?..."
To make the right decision, guided by the latest advice, we recommend that you follow this link https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 (rather than call 111) for confirmation of what to do. The 111 online website contains information about the situation and how to handle it. You can also respond to their online questionnaire; it will tell you what you should do:
Get coronavirus (COVID-19) advice. Find out what to do if: you think you have symptoms; you might have been exposed to the virus when travelling; We'll ask you a few questions and tell you what to do next.
On top of the above, here is the 'normal' 111 online link to help anyone in need any other advice that are non Coronavirus related.
Keep well and best regards,
Vice Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Open Morning CANCELLED
It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the open morning that was planned for Thursday 19th March. We will be contacting all of those who had planned to attend.
Coronavirus Update - Monday 16th March
I am just writing to clarify a few points. So far, to our knowledge, no-one at the school has been affected directly by the coronavirus, or been in contact with any confirmed cases.
If your child starts to display cold or flu-like symptoms, please keep them at home as a precaution. The chances are it will be a cold or flu, but it is best to err on the side of caution. Thank you to those of you who have done this, and for letting us know.
Please can all coronavirus-related emails and queries be sent directly to me or Mr Godin via email@example.com in the first instance. We will work with the safeguarding team, taking external advice where necessary.
We do not know if or when it will be necessary to close the school at any stage, but I am sure those of you who live at a distance will have already considered how your child would get home in such a scenario. Should this happen, teachers will set work and communicate to students via their Microsoft 365 account (see previous email).
I will keep you updated as necessary.
Coronavirus Update - Friday, 13th March
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are continuing to receive and follow guidance regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19.
Although the situation is developing by the day, there is little to add to my email earlier in the week. At school, it is still business as usual, but with a heightened awareness of hygiene issues, and the cancellation or postponement of some planned trips. Separate emails regarding these will be sent to those parents concerned.
At present, the number of confirmed cases of the virus in Kent and East Sussex combined is still in single figures, and so far the school has not been affected. However, we have been putting together plans of what would happen if this were to change, and the school were to close. Of course, this could happen without the school being affected at all, if the government were to decree that all schools should close.
We are very aware of the need to continue to provide education to our students. We are lucky in that every student has a Microsoft Office 365 account, and we would use this to communicate, and to disseminate and collect work, through the use of Outlook, OneNote, and other programmes as appropriate. Many students already use these programmes within school, and should be able to access them from home.
I am sending this email so that you are prepared for this. Please can you make sure that your child is able to log into their account at home - a helpful guide is attached (below), if needed.
If you have technical problems, and need help, please contact our network manager, Adam Baxter, (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will be happy to help.
In the event of school closure, overseas students would need to stay with guardians in the UK, or return home. Parents of overseas students should monitor the travel arrangements between their own country and the UK if they are planning on the latter, and should contact the school with any specific questions.
I will continue to update you as appropriate, with any further developments.
Coronavirus - latest advice
Re: Coronavirus concerns
I am sure you are aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. At Frewen College, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.
There’s currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.
Prevent the spread of infection
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
- If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
If you or your children have returned from a category 1 country or area in past 14 days
- Wuhan city and Hubei province, China
- Daegu or Cheongdo, South Korea*
- Any area within Italy under containment measures* (see the map here)
*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020
Contact NHS 111 for advice, and:
- Self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the country or area (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this)
- If you become unwell, call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention) – see below for the symptoms to look out for
If you or your children have returned from a category 2 country or area in last 14 days
- China (other than Wuhan city or Hubei province)
- Hong Kong
- Italy* (other than the areas under containment measures)
- South Korea (other than Daegu or Cheongdo)
*Only if you’ve returned on or after 19 February 2020
If you or your children are well:
- You don’t need to avoid contact with other people
- Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities
If you become unwell (see below for a list of symptoms):
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses (see the home isolation advice sheet for help with this)
- Call NHS 111 immediately for an assessment (or 999 if you require emergency medical attention)
Symptoms to look out for
If you’ve returned from any of the category 1 or 2 areas or countries, look out for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)
According to other official guidance, while you wait for further advice:
- Avoid contact with others
- Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
- Don’t travel while sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available)
We will continue to update you when we receive further guidance.
If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, or the relevant member of the Senior Leadership Team.